Gradation of Size

 

 

 

 

For this drawing Egon Schiele posed his model between himself and a large mirror. His drawing captures the model, first of all from behind, then from infront, reflected in the mirror and then, visible behind the reflection of the model is Schiele’s reflection executing the drawing.

The flow of curves and the gradation in size lead you into the drawing, focusing on Schiele’s concentrated gaze as he peers out from the mirror.

 

The economy of Schiele’s lines, his interesting perspective and clever placement of shapes result in a dramatically animated composition.

Egon Schiele [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Egon Schiele (1890-1918)”Schiele with life model before the mirror” (1910)